Estate litigation is a broad term that encompasses will challenges and will interpretations, contested estate administration and probate applications, the removal of executors or the rectification of a defective will. It includes a variety of disputes between executors and beneficiaries, as well as disappointed beneficiary claims and allegations of delay or the mismanagement of estate assets.
Beyond the unique legal issues involved, estate litigation is notable for being emotionally-charged. Even families that were once close can disintegrate under the stress of litigation. Unchecked litigation can quite literally bankrupt an estate or saddle the losing party with significant legal costs. Having an experienced estate litigator who is able to quickly grasp the issues at stake and how best to resolve a contentious estate dispute is a must.